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YUMA IS THE NATURAL
- HOME OF THE IIS
The art of reproducing
theatrical performances, of
showing animate as well as
inanimate things, of pictur
ing cities and their inhabi
tants just as they appear in
every day life or in gala at
tire, of showing the country
with farm and stock-raising
industry, of showing the hills
and the mountains, valleys
and dells, of showing-the de
sert in all its natural beauty
and horrors the art, I say
of showing all this, just as it
appears to the eye, has be
come one of the world's
greatest wonders !
We have two "moving picture
houses" in Yuma that have probably
been visted by every inhabitant of the
city, and by most of them hundreds
of times. And the oftener one sees a
"movie," the oftener he or she is
amazed that such a wonder can be
reproduced by a very small, piece o'f
Few of us ever stop to calculate
the time and money it requires to
put one of these "movie plays" on
the screen, but when you consider that
it costs all the way from $500 to $25,
000 per "reel," and that there are
frequently five or si x"reels" to one
play, it can at once be seen that there
are millions upon millions of dollars
invested in the "movie" business.
Fortunate indeed is the town or lo
cality that has a "movie" outfit in its
midst, for it not only brings the
world's best known actors and ac
tresses right to your door and makes
citizens of them for months at a time,
but it sends the name of the town or
locality to every nook -and corner of
the world! For it must be borne in
mind that in order to be a good "mo
vie" headquarters the locality must
be rich in . scenic beauty, rich in his
torical events, rich in its hospitality
to the "movies," and above all rich in
Yuma is all of this and -in the latter
even more so than any city on the
face. of the earth!
Los Angeles made -itself famous as
a "movie" playground, because Los
Angeles is esentially a city of "boost
ers." Venice, however is where the
real acting is done where the films are
made, but Los Angeles gets the cre
dit, because Los Angeles knows the
benefit of advertising.
San Francisco claims "Broncho Bil
ly" Anderson as her very own, and
yet his studio is 60 miles away down
in Niles Canyon. He had to go there
to get away from the fog and find the
By a strange turn of the "wheel of
fortune," Yuma is just about to be
advertised to the world as THE REAL
HOME OF THE "MOVIES." ' A 'mere
accident, in fact the mere breaking
down of an automobile m the desert
near Yuma, is responsible for this unlooked-for
good fortune, and it hap
pened this way:
J. O. Taylor and wife were bound
for the "movie" camp near Los An
geles. They had -come all the way
from my old home, San Antonio, Tex.,
where Mr. Taylor has his moving pic
ture studio. Their machine broke
down in the nearby desert, and they
had to come to Yuma and wait here
until they sent to the auto factory
"back east" for repairs. Time hung
heavy on Mr. Taylor's hands. He be
gan to fret, then to worry, then to
In the meantime, his pretty little
wife, who by a strange coincident, was
born in the same town where I first
saw the light of day (Gonzales, Tex.),
suggested to her impatient husband
that this was the finest, most perfect
climate she had ever enjoyed, and in
viewing the many places of interest
this same good little wife suggested
getting out a three-reel "movie" at the
Indian reservation school.
Mr. Taylor jumped at the idea, and
for three months the work has been
done so quietly that only a very fexw
Yumaites have known that we had a
"moving picture outfit" right here in
our midst. ' Mr. Taylor hasn't done
much talking about it, for he did not
intend to make Yuma his home, and
knowing his natural modesty, I have
refrained from bringing him out in the
limelight until he had fully made up
his mind what he wanted to do.
For the past several weeks, heias
been in the hands of a committee of
the Commercial Club, and the com
mittee ,has finally induced him to
"pitch his tent," as it were, for all
time to come, right here in Yuma!
Provided certain things can be done
The first and all-important of these
is that he needs the old library room,
on the second floor of the old peni
tentiary, to use in developing his
films. Request for its use has been
made to the city council, but the city
dads want $25 per month rental!
What do you know about that!
Instead of charging Mr. Taylor $25
per month rental, the city can much
better afford to pay him $250 per
month to locate here!
Just stop and see what it means!
A full theatrical troupe here all the
time all of them drawing big salaries
every dollar of which is brought here
from the different . "movie houses"
throughout the world and nearly all
this money spent right here in our
midst! Every one of them will have
to live here, will have to eat, have a
place to sleep, have clothes to wear,
have auto rides, buggy rides, boat
rides in fact, will have to patronize
every industry in Yuma. Everybody
will gam by their coming! We have
all to gain nothing to lose and, in
addition to all this, when they fully
establish the fact that this is the
NATURAL HOME OF THE "MOV
IES," just see the amount of adver
tising Yuma will get!
has never before ' had, and probably
will never have again, if our city dads
refuse to allow the use of that old
building, which is not bringing in
a cent of revenue, but which can now
be put to some good use.
Now is the time above all others for
our worthy aldermen to show that
they are the real friends of Yuma!
When they realize that Mr. Taylor
will have an investment here of $20 000
It's a snap, the like of which Yuma " er Jyg a g00(J njght's sleep
and let the early morning ori
ole and milkman pursue their
way unmolested. Marinette
Judging from the country's
present attitude it will take
great pleasure in classifying,
cataloguing and filing away
frr -Pii-Hifo roforono -t-h a
they won't hesitate to give him thelwl "" awwihvw
free use of that old building just as ; names of any congressmen
long as he wants it, for it will meanjwho are Still tarred With the
that Mr. Taylor pulls up stakes in our 1 Bryan Stick. Philadelphia
beloved old San Antonio, -where nis j Jrmuirer
studio has been located for five years, 1 " -
and settles in Yuma! j, Can you imagine Germanv
I want the good women of Yuma to ' ith her highly developed
meet Mr. Taylor's good little wife. She nr. . .j
is the daughter of my old friend, caPt: efficiency permitting a paid
McCoy, former sheriff of Gonzales ; American press bureau to be
county, Tex., a job now held by my j maintained in Germany for
cousin, Frank Fly. Make this good the purpose of influencing
little lady feel at home. the German press to declare'
AiiU let O C1X Ul Ut) UU CLiL ffc LdU
for Mr. Taylor, his manager, Paul Parr i
Smith, and all his force, and pull for
the success of the Taylor Motion Pic
It means much to Yuma!
. Let's grab this golden opportunity
with hooks of steel, and cling to it
"likerim death to a dead nigger!"
Wny all this uproar over
our . defenceless condition ?
Uncle Sam can lick Haiti and
still have a grunt or two left.
New London. Press.
that America is the greatest
nation in the world and that
Germany is nine-tenths
wrong nine-tenths of the
time ? Can you imagine it?
BODY OF TEMPE BOY
TAKEN FROM THE F-4
George Ashcroft, whose body was'
the only one identified in the subma
rine Fr4, as recounted in an Associated
Press dispatch yesterday was former
ly a Tempe boy and for two years was
a student of the Normal school. .At
the time the F-4 sank Ashcroft was
serving as a gunner's mate, first class,
Fashion authorities 'are de
cidin' on' new fall stvles in and tie fact that he was aard was -
purses. Under a Republican !gl7en-some nfote tat Norn-.
j . . , . i , i where many of the students were per-
administration they would be; 8onally acfluainted with Mm. Ash.
WOrn full. Pitsburgh TimeS- i croft attended the Normal in 1906 and'
Gazette. 1 1907.
' President E. G. Caruthers, of the
The Kaiser not Only has First National Bank, is expected home
lost his garter, but he is hav-!from tlle coast on Saturday,
a hard time at keeping his I "
t . . -rt j. t --i.1 Mrs- Knowlton, of the Knowlton
shirt on. Boston Transcript. house and the new Gandolfo. aunex
It becretary Kedlield. gets , has been seriously indisposed for two
away from Chicago With his I days, in charge of nurse Mrs. Ander
son. She is slowly gaining 'strength
and her friends' hope for her speedy
whiskers he should consider
himself lucky. Philadelphia
Uncle Sam may not ac
complish much by protesting
against- German and British
violations of international
law, but he is going to tell
them what he thinks of them
just the same.- The Oshkosh
The increasing number of
girls and women at the bath
ing places, who are courage
ously learning to swim, is an
indication that if it has to be
women and children first to
drown they will be prepared
to save themselves. Milwau
Someone has written an
article on "The Rewards of
Insomnia" as an inducement
for wakefulness. We'd rath-
o o o o o o o o o o o o ot o 0:0 o
o ' . v o;
O KEEP IN TUNE v O
It pays to keep your heart in- tune;
The discord days come all too' soon.
Keep young, keep sweet, pure, I say
And let your joys be joys today!
The heart that trills its ,way along
Will speak to others with its song,- "
The hands of me nthat seek to press
The hand held out in happiness I .
The heart that beats its measure pure,
Will reap a harvest strong and sure;
The peace of living right and true,
Will keep the skies about you blue.
Ah, keep your heart in tune, my boy, -
And let the tune be filled with joy;
You'll find life worth the living when ,
You keep your heart in tune-with men!
Keep in Tune!